Amélie Mauresmo is no doubt right: Andy Murray is “complex”; his on-court rants might well be “disconcerting”, totally at odds with his demeanour in private, and maybe she did have no alternative but to extricate herself from one of sport’s most interesting but stressful marriages.
Stan Wawrinka, the French Open champion and owner of his first home title after beating Marin Cilic in Geneva on Saturday, should be striding into Roland Garros bursting with pride and confidence, but gardeners have made louder entrances here than did the Swiss on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Andy Murray said he would “love to” work with Ivan Lendl again but he wonders if the single-minded, golf-loving coach who guided him to his two grand slam titles can find the time to return to the Tour full-time – or conquer his dislike of flying.
The clay that Andy Murray once viewed with suspicion has become his friend and, a week before the French Open, a straight‑sets win against the best player in the world, Novak Djokovic, was sweet indeed.
Serena Williams returns this week to Paris, her second home, as reigning French Open champion and owner of her fourth Italian Open title, a considerable comfort to her after failing to win two previous finals in an uneven start to the 2016 season.
Andy Murray is through to his first final in this old, gilded event and is in excellent shape for the French Open, which starts next Sunday – but he is not altogether sure playing Novak Djokovic on his 29th birthday will do him any favours.
They say nothing lasts for ever in the Eternal City but this was ridiculous.
The benefits of special diets for athletes have been well documented, but Serena Williams may have taken things too far on Wednesday when she decided to sample her pet dog’s dinner.
The look on John Isner’s face said it all: “Not again.” The American, whose name will forever be etched in Wimbledon history after his 11-hour, five-minute epic with Nicolas Mahut in 2010, a match in which he won the fifth set 70-68, on Sunday found himself embroiled in yet another marathon match here.
The Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki unleashed a furious tirade at an umpire as the world No27 crashed out of Wimbledon.
Andy Murray will have to wait until Sunday to discover his fourth-round opponent after Nick Kyrgios and Feliciano López’s hugely enjoyable thrash metal encounter was halted for bad light while poised at one set all.
Of the 128 men who set out on their Wimbledon adventure a week ago, maybe a handful genuinely believed they would be in contention for the title on the final weekend. Nick Kyrgios is among them and on Monday he gets to prove he is good enough to get there – against the best player left in the draw, Andy Murray.
In a feisty, emotional display in which her mood was often as dark as the skies above, Serena Williams had to dig deep to come back from a set down to defeat her compatriot Christina McHale.
The former US No1 tennis player James Blake was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed in New York as he was preparing to attend the US Open on Wednesday.
The calendar insists the end is near for Venus Williams, but the results continue to dissent. The 36-year-old American – the oldest woman in the top 200 and the oldest in the draw here – overcame a game challenge from Maria Sakkari in an entertaining second-round tilt on Thursday to book a meeting with Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the round of 32.
On another sunny Monday afternoon in Monaco the bluntly-named Beefbar tinkles with the clink of glasses and cutlery as the well-fed ladies and gentlemen of Monte Carlo settle in for a long lunch.
There was a time, in the second set, when the tiara slipped a little on the head of the princess of women’s tennis.
There have been a lot of smiles on home fans’ faces this week, a rarity in recent years, with the exception of the response to Andy Murray’s outstanding exploits.